These 8 amazing van conversions will inspire you to ditch the grid for the nomadic life

May 8, 2017 by  
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Perhaps it’s the spring weather, but hitting the open road and exploring suddenly seems like a more appealing idea than ever. These 8 van conversions , many of which were crafted by DIYers with little experience yet lots of creativity, persistence, and wanderlust, will motivate you to give the mobile life a try. Images via This Moving House Weekend getaway van for four When Jack Richens and his girlfriend converted a Mercedes Benz Sprinter in 2012, they used boat bunk designs and stacked beds to transform the camper into a weekender on wheels. Complete with storage under stairs and beneath the floor, the space features 4 captains chairs , several of which turn so that his crew can gather around for a meal. A group meal ? In a camper? But of course: the camper includes a sink, two-stove burner, and (more recently) a mini fridge. Little details such as a tiled backsplash and a cheerful curtain with birds to separate the sleeping spaces makes the camper stylish and cozy instead of cramped. Images via The Vanual Traveling filmmaker’s adventure-ready home/office on-the-go Zach Both left a desk job and became a traveling filmmaker; along the way he converted a cargo van that now serves as a dream living space that doubles as a mobile office. A man on the move, Both uses his freedom to travel far and wide and bring everything he needs…except perhaps a shower and toilet. The interior incorporates crisp white bedding, wood-paneled ceiling and cabinet space and even a mini cooking space that becomes concealed by a desktop. The top of the van is outfitted with solar panels. To inspire and inform others, Both created “ The Vanual ”, a DIY guide that covers everything you’d need to convert a camper van . Related| Man quits his job to transform his van into an off grid mobile home Images via Van Dog Traveler Solar-powered DIY van currently touring Europe Another young gent who quit his job for the open road, Mike Hudson converted a van in 2014 and has been on the go ever since; he spent the winter in Sardinia and has traveled throughout Europe and to Morocco. Although previously a novice at camper conversions, Hudson handcrafted the van of his dreams, complete with a water pump, water heater, graywater tank, toilet and shower, solar panels, a burner, and a fridge/freezer. There’s even a fold-down workspace and a few happy plants to make it feel like home. Images via Norbert Juhász Creative couple’s custom-crafted home on wheels Freelance photographer and writer are ideal professions for those with a penchant for wanderlust, and Norbert Juhász and Dora created their home on wheels with the plan to drive from Budapest to Morocco (they are currently in Spain). Breathing life and style into a 16-year-old van, the couple’s space now includes custom-built wood furniture (with green borders), a seat that converts into a bed for two, and a 12-volt electrical system that can be powered via the engine’s generator or roof-mounted solar panels. Small details like a mini bookshelf and a spice rack bring the creature comforts of home into their road-ready version. Images via Pam the Van Dog-friendly and lovingly restored van conversion by a novice DIYer Marina Piro may have been a novice at DIY van conversions, but this hands-on, ambitious traveler ultimately created a homey, comfy dwelling for herself and her rescue pup Odie. Piro restored the van entirely by herself (although we’re sure Odie was there for moral support), laying floor, building a kitchenette and a bed, and finding clever spaces for kitchen utensils and storage.  Her website also includes useful tips and posts on traveling with pets as well as camper van maintenance. Images by Jo Wickham Photography for Studio 106 A minimalist mobile office  A change of scenery will work wonders for your mindset, and the architects at Studio 106 downsized their office and made it mobile to take advantage of the New Zealand weather and scenery. By collaborating with partners including a company that makes foldable cardboard work stations and another that owns semi-converted caravans to rent for events and parties, the Studio 106 crew temporarily set up shop at picturesque stops including beside the harbor. Outdoor tables expanded their possible work space and allowed them to take advantage of the fresh air. After their caravan stint, the architects found that the smaller space had unexpected benefits such as reduction of waste and an atmosphere that promoted idea-sharing more easily. A woodworker’s artfully crafted and surprisingly spacious van Dipa Vasudeva Das took DIY van conversion to a whole different level with his woodworking skills. What started out as a typical van is now a treasure trove of secret compartments, handcrafted storage, and clever multilevel living solutions that makes the space welcoming for Vasudeva Das, his dog, and guests. The van (dubbed the “Earthship”) functions as a living, working, sleeping, entertaining, meditating space. A skylight and wood-burning fireplace (along with a chimney) allow Vasudeva Das to make the most of every weather situation; he also crafted a fold-down outdoor deck that also serves as bike storage. Electric camper van  from Volkswagen Still a little nervous about your own DIY camper conversion capabilities? Get a step ahead when (or maybe if) the Volkswagen Westfalia gets revived as a battery-electric vehicle. The much beloved camper hasn’t been made since 2003, but in 2015, news hit that a new camper  using a small electric motor to power the front wheels was in the concept phase. More recently, VW unveiled an electric-powered microbus named the I.D. Buzz  that has the potential to be fully autonomous , but we’re still crossing our fingers for a version that captures the hippie soul and simplicity of the Westfalia. Lead image via Zach Both

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Autonomous concept car features an urban garden on wheels

December 9, 2016 by  
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From a Swiss think tank widely known for its outrageous car concepts comes the automotive dream to end all others: an autonomous vehicle featuring a mobile office and a living garden . The Rinspeed Oasis is set to be unveiled at the upcoming CES event held in Las Vegas in early January 2017. The fully autonomous concept vehicle takes a wildly different approach to commuting, with a built-in personal assistant, a lock-box for packages, and a host of other smart features that change the way we think about transportation. Rinspeed has promoted the “mobile office” notion in previous concept designs, and the Swiss think tank even transformed a Tesla Model S into a self-driving office on wheels. With the debut of the Oasis concept next month, Rinspeed is upping the stakes quite a bit in terms of innovation and thinking outside the literal box of a car frame. That’s the whole point of the Oasis concept, according to the company’s press release, which acknowledges some critics might be scratching their heads at the notion of growing plants inside a car. Related: Rinspeed turns Tesla Model S into an autonomous mobile office “Urban gardening on wheels as a new trend? A little bit out there? Maybe. But as always, the creation of Swiss mobility innovator Frank M. Rinderknecht is an oasis for inspiration in the otherwise rather expansive automotive wasteland,” the company said. The Oasis also features an onboard “personal assistant” that puts artificial intelligence to work for the car owner by linking personal data (via digital calendar and social media accounts, for instance) with the vehicle’s navigation system and traffic information. As a result, the vehicle can not only let you know whether you’ll make it to your destination on time, but can also give you a heads up if you’re about to miss an appointment. Let’s be clear about one thing: there are no plans for mass production currently in place. At CES, Rinspeed will do what they do for another year in row, which is reveal outlandish concepts to push the envelope of automotive design and hope that carmakers will follow. Via New Atlas Images via Rinspeed

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Minim Workspace is an affordable office that can be parked like a car

December 9, 2016 by  
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Why work in a cubicle when you can park your office in a new place every day? The mobile Minim Workspace can be parked anywhere that’s legal to park a car for an extended time period. The trailer, which can be used as a studio and home office, is cousin to Minim House , an award-winning mobile micro home that received three American Institute of Architects awards for design. The 80-square-foot Minim Workspace is cost effective, flexible and provides a private, quiet office space. The full office model includes a keyless entry, a five-foot electric sit or standing desk with a conference table, six-foot sofa, noiseless AC system, LED lighting , a microwave, sink, and a fridge. Related: Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different! The company also offers an off-grid option that includes a 1.5kW solar array , one battery bank, and all electronics necessary to fully power the Workspace, including lighting, outlets, heat, and air-conditioning. The off-grid system is not designed for continual full overnight use since it requires some sun exposure, and must be switched off when the Workspace is unoccupied. Minim is currently accepting deposits for leased units within 75 miles of Washington DC, with delivery expected March 2017. + Minimwork

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Nissans e-NV200 van is transformed into the worlds first all-electric mobile workspace

November 4, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGESYkvDN-w&feature=youtu.be The e-NV200 WORKSPACe concept meets all the needs of the worker who hates to be stuck in the office. LED lights controlled by your smartphone, wireless phone charging capabilities, and a touchscreen computer make the tiny space incredibly user-friendly, while a mount for a foldable Brompton Bike allows gives workers the option to hit the trail during breaks. Related: The 10 best electric vehicles for every buyer Daylight pours into the workspace through a panoramic glass roof, illuminating the bright color scheme inside. The space is equipped to handle one person or two co-workers on laptops with mounts for two desk chairs. Alternatively, sitting outside on the pull-out floating desk gives more room and a front row seat to the natural surroundings. A central console contains a drawer-system mini-fridge and wireless smartphone charging dock and the fold-down desk reveals a touchscreen computer, wireless mouse and keyboard, and plenty of storage for office supplies. Nissan ’s electric van combines the best from its Leaf and NV200 models into a vehicle which can run on just £2 per 100 miles. The e-NV200 WORKSPACe technology and design can be seen as an attempt to keep up with the amount of co-working and hot-desking spaces around the globe, which grew 36 percent in 2015 . A few years from now, we could see several electric, mobile workspaces popping up closer to home. + Nissan + Studio Hardie Via Design Taxi Images via Studio Hardie

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LA architecture students design innovative houses for the homeless

November 4, 2016 by  
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Like many major cities, Los Angeles is currently in the middle of a housing crisis. Homeless populations are exploding, with encampments appearing on sidewalks, in parks, near overpasses, and along bridges through the city. While city officials are working on a ballot initiative to build 8,000 to 10,000 units to bring the homeless in off the streets, it could take years for those units to become available even if the measure passes. In response to the situation, students from University of Southern California’s School of Architecture have stepped up to create innovative new structures to shelter the homeless. The project is called the Homeless Studio , and it’s made up of 11 fourth year architecture students. Their solutions run the gamut from temporary shelters to expandable modular buildings. When the structures are complete, the students will deliver them to homeless people around the city, and an agency that supports the homeless in the San Fernando Valley will use their final project as a prototype shelter. Related: Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless Rather than simply attending lectures by experts, the students have also done some intense on the ground research by meeting and talking to homeless people throughout the city. Organizations like Midnight Mission and Skid Row Housing Trust helped connect the students to real people, so they could better understand the day-to-day challenges their shelters would have to overcome. Some of the students used solutions they saw in practice on the streets – using reclaimed materials to create temporary shelters. Students Alexxa Soloman, Maria Ceja, and Belinda Park used scavenged shipping palettes, Ikea shelves, and pieces of plywood in their construction. Their classmates Jeremy Carman and Jayson Champlain took a different approach, creating a blue, rectangular box coated in fiberglass that expands outward to create sleeping and storage space. The designs are more than just a way for their occupants to stay warm and dry: they’re also a way to restore dignity to a population that too often has gone without it. Related: Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing rooftop garden For their final, the students are collaborating on the design for a temporary housing development for Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission . The agency plans to take the class’s plans, renderings, and full-scale prototype to help fundraise the final project. While a site hasn’t yet been selected, the plan complies with requirements for any commercial or industrial zoning. + The Homeless Studio Via Wired  

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Egg-shaped GreenPod office lets you work from almost anywhere

July 1, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3n9PHLBrk4 Created for both work and leisure, the multipurpose GreenPod offers the comfortable and controlled environment of an office space with the freedom to pop up nearly anywhere. The egg-shaped workspace would be engineered to block outside noise, respond to weather changes, automatically charge all electronic devices, and pull up on work files and data for the right person using facial recognition. A haptic feedback system would connect GreenPods globally. The tagline for the project is “a private capsule in a public space,” which makes it sound like the GreenPod would be set up as a rentable workspace in public parks. However, it’s hard to see who would use the pod outside of wealthy clients, as the space inside looks limited to just two people. Since the project is conceptual, there’s also no mention yet of what ” renewable materials ” the capsule would use with nor how it would be operated. Related: The world’s first off-grid EcoCapsule is now available for pre-order “Public spaces are a great place to start the journey towards a renewable future. We are determined to create responsible choices every day,” said Osmo Kammonen, Neste’s Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing. The GreenPod is one of five competing proposals under consideration by the Preorder the Future project . The winning concept will be announced in September 2016 and will be developed as a real prototype. + Preorder the Future Images via Preorder the Future

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Architects escape into the great outdoors by transforming a retro caravan into a mobile office

March 17, 2016 by  
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Adorable #dojowheel camper combines Bedouin freedom with Japanese minimalism

September 18, 2015 by  
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Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different!

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Stacked Shipping Container Sugoroku Office Pops up in Japan

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